Post Mortem

Before it is too late

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/17/2019 12:40:16 PM IST

 Our parents took care of our every need when we were young and helpless so also comes a time for children to care of their elderly parents. There are some families that have worked out a rotating basis for taking care of their parents and this seems to work well. 

It only depends on whether the sons and daughters are living in the same town because elders find it difficult to travel distances as they grow more fragile. I have come across many friends who take delight in taking care of their parents and indulge them with good nourishment and food supplements. 

A friend said to me once, “I do not care how much I spend on good food supplements for my parents because that is not even a fraction of what they have given me.” 

How many of us can proudly say this and how many actually are proud to be the children of those aged parents. There is even a couple who keep their respective parents at home with them. They have built two cosy rooms with attached elderly friendly bathrooms and small pantries so their respective mothers can still heat up water for tea. They are given their breakfast, lunch and dinner at a set time and the elderly couples keep track of time looking forward to nourishing meals. It is in our culture to look after the aged people unlike in foreign countries where children put their parents into old age homes. 

This is very convenient for them as it keeps them free from having to care for their parents. They may spend a lot of money for their care in these homes but surely the parents need their love and affection more. 

In our state of Nagaland too we come across such homes where the elders are well provided for but they miss their children terribly. Some of them look forward to meeting their children but to no avail as they never take the time to visit. 

Perhaps, they will one day before it is too late. Love your parents when they are around. 

Angela Belho, 

PWD Kohima

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